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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Aqueduct honors retirees Sonzogni, Pina

The board of the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority in December honored retirees Norma Sonzogni and Dolores Pina with plaques and gifts for years of dedicated service.

Sonzogni started her career with the FKAA in 1985 as operations and maintenance administrative aide. She has been the executive assistant in the operations department for many years.

Pina joined FKAA in 1993, as a temporary clerk typist. She has held many positions including combination clerk, accounts receivable clerk and her current position of billing specialist in the administrative department.

Owen wins tree raffle

Jody Owen from American Caribbean Real Estate was winner of a decorated Christmas tree designed by teachers from Grace Jones Community Center and raffled off during the Festival of Trees at the Marathon Airport.

Quiescence earns Blue Star

Quiescence Diving Services of Key Largo recently became the 15th dive operator in the Florida Keys to earn the Blue Star designation from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, according to a press release from the sanctuary.

The Blue Star program salutes charter companies that help protect the Keys' coral reef ecosystem by promoting responsible snorkeling and diving practices, and educating their patrons on the role humans play in reef health.

Blue Star operators are required to attend training annually on issues affecting coral reefs, sanctuary regulations and coral reef etiquette. In turn, Blue Star operators educate their customers by incorporating the information into certification classes and dive briefings. They also must offer conservation-related dive courses and participate in activities such as fish counts and reef clean-ups. Operators are re-evaluated every year.